Definition of guilt in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɡɪlt/


[mass noun]
1The fact of having committed a specified or implied offence or crime: it is the duty of the prosecution to prove the prisoner’s guilt
More example sentences
  • The orders concerned were divorced from any finding of guilt for an offence.
  • It has been stressed the setting up of the advice line does not imply any guilt.
  • A reasonable man would not infer guilt from the fact of a police inquiry.
culpability, guiltiness, blameworthiness, wrongdoing, wrong, wrongfulness, criminality, unlawfulness, misconduct, delinquency, sin, sinfulness, iniquity;
responsibility, accountability, liability, answerability
1.1A feeling of having committed wrong or failed in an obligation: he remembered with sudden guilt the letter from his mother that he had not yet read
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  • It speaks to man's most damaging emotions, such as anger, guilt, fear, doubt and anxiety.
  • In the simplest, we have robots or androids who can think but who cannot feel joy, grief, guilt or jealousy.
  • It reflects a depressing net of guilt, shame, despair and hopelessness.
self-reproach, self-accusation, self-condemnation, feelings of guilt, guiltiness, a guilty conscience, a bad conscience, pangs of conscience;
remorse, remorsefulness, regret, contrition, contriteness, repentance, penitence, compunction;
shame, disgrace, dishonour
archaic rue


[with object] informal
short for guilt-trip. Celeste had been guilted into going by her parents
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  • Is this the diet industry's way of guilting us into weightloss?
  • Shouldn't we still be trying to educate our youth about drugs rather than guilting them into not using?
  • On the other front VP messaged me and was guilting me into a date again so I agreed.


guilt by association

Guilt ascribed to someone not because of any evidence but because of their association with an offender.
Example sentences
  • Be yourself from the get-go so popular by association doesn't turn into guilt by association.
  • It is a useful tactic to lump liberals (in the classic sense i.e. libertarians), fascists, and conservatives in the same camp so opponents can be misrepresented and dismissed through guilt by association.
  • ‘Associates with known gang members’ (who could, of course, be relatives or neighbors) is clearly guilt by association.


Old English gylt, of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with guilt

atilt, built, gilt, hilt, jilt, kilt, lilt, quilt, silt, spilt, stilt, tilt, upbuilt, wilt

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